Chill out in Orlando with thrilling water slides, ice-cold treats, poolside fun and more refreshing ways to stay cool during your summer vacation (Universal Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort pictured).
Splash into summer fun and keep cool in Orlando with full-featured resort pools, state-of-the-art waterparks, and a mouthwatering selection of frosty treats. Whether you prefer to relax poolside, plunge down towering waterslides, or explore the great indoors, here are 10 incredible ways to chill out and have fun in Orlando.
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Make a splash with thrilling waterslides, tranquil lazy rivers and more aquatic fun at Orlando’s state-of-the-art water parks. Chill out at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and discover wild wakes at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, both at Walt Disney World® Resort, or careen up a waterslide on Krakatau Aqua Coaster — the only aqua coaster in Orlando — at Universal Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort. Zoom alongside dolphins at Aquatica® Orlando, embark on all-inclusive adventures mild and wild at Discovery Cove®, and build your own LEGO® rafts to float down a 1,000-foot lazy river at LEGOLAND® Water Park at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. Island H2O Live! at Margaritaville Resort Orlando offers plenty of high-tech fun, while Adventure Island packs hours of aquatic thrills into a day trip to Tampa, about 90 minutes west of Orlando.
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You’ll also find plenty of super-soaking fun at Orlando’s theme parks, where spectacular water-enhanced rides can help you keep cool. Splash down on Jurassic Park River Adventure, Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges and Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Universal Islands of Adventure; Infinity Falls® and Journey to Atlantis® at SeaWorld® Orlando; and Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Honorary citizens of LEGOLAND® Florida Theme Park can also spray evil DUPLO® alien invaders in the Battle of Bricksburg or dodge water blasts on AQUAZONE® Wave Racers.
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For a different take on water rides, book a guided airboat tour with Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Rides, or Wild Florida. You can also take a relaxing Scenic Boat Tour of historic Winter Park.
Let the good times flow with kid-friendly splash pads throughout Orlando, from interactive play areas at our theme parks and hotels to community splash pads in our enchanting neighborhoods. Little ones can jump in “muddy puddles” at Peppa Pig Theme Park, part of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, or splash and play their way through Rubber Duckie Water Works at SeaWorld’s Sesame Street Land™, DUPLO® Splash & Play at LEGOLAND® Florida, or Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station at Magic Kingdom® Park.
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Additional splash-tastic options include Gator Gully Splash Park at Gatorland, the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and dozens more at our amenity-packed resorts and hotels.
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Dive into some of Orlando’s coolest hotel pools, many of which have fun features like lazy rivers, water slides, splash zones and interactive water features. Whether you’re looking to relax in a private cabana or explore a full-on resort water park, Orlando’s pools have you covered.
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Treat yourself to sweet frozen treats throughout Orlando. Keep it classic with a pineapple Dole Whip at Walt Disney World or a frozen Butterbeer™ at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, or go all out with unexpected ice cream flavors at local favorites Salt & Straw and Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream.
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Plus, try boozy popsicles, super-loaded milkshakes, inventive cold brew and donut pairings, boba tea, hand-rolled Thai ice cream, and more delicious, handcrafted fun throughout the destination.
Swim, snorkel and paddle through crystal clear springs throughout Central Florida, like Wekiwa Springs State Park, Blue Spring State Park, De Leon Springs State Park, and Rock Springs Run State Reserve at Kelly Park, all located within one hour of Orlando. Home to an enticing array of underwater fun, these stunning natural attractions also offer land activities like hiking, birding and cycling. See it all in style with a guided expedition from BK Adventure, Epic Paddle Adventures, Get Up and Go Kayaking, Real Florida Adventures or Viking Eco Tours.
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Feel the wind on your face and chart a course for fun as you zoom through Florida’s beautiful lakes and waterways on a private boat rental. Luxe Rentals offers jet ski and luxury pontoon boat rides, while Catboat Escapes offers self-piloted catamaran tours through cypress groves and wetlands. You can even cruise through the picturesque Seven Seas Lagoon on a private boat rental from Walt Disney World® Marinas. If you prefer something a little milder, you can learn to sail with Sailing Orlando.
Aquatic Action Parks
For a more extreme take on watersports, head to aquatic action parks like Nona Adventure Park in Lake Nona, where you can wakeboard, kneeboard, and conquer slippery obstacles at an enormous inflatable aqua park. More fun options include Orlando Watersports Complex near Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Buena Vista Watersports near Walt Disney World, both of which offer motorized boat rentals and more exhilarating ways to make a splash.
Chill out at Orlando’s coolest bar, which stays a frosty 22 degrees all year long. Featuring over 70 tons of hand-carved ice, ICEBAR Orlando is one of the most unique spots in Orlando to grab an ice-cold drink.
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While not literally freezing, there are countless other Orlando nightspots and restaurants that serve cool summer cocktails. Just head to Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World, Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando, International Drive (including ICON Park® and Pointe Orlando), Restaurant Row, downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and the rest of our charming neighborhoods for the latest offerings.
Escape indoors for thrilling fun away from the sun. Orlando has something for everyone to enjoy, from indoor action parks and escape rooms to kid-friendly museums, aquariums and performing arts centers. Get a bird’s-eye view of Orlando aboard a fully air-conditioned capsule at The Wheel at ICON Park, shop till you drop at Orlando’s awesome malls, or marvel at Florida’s only 360-degree ocean tunnel at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. It just goes to show there's no wrong way to cool down in Orlando.
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